Multi Dog Household: Keeping the Peace Between a Pekingese and Other Dogs

 


Multi Dog Household

There are people that won’t be contented with one dog, and living in a multi dog household is a heaven for most dog lovers. However, it would require more time and effort on your part compared to having only one pooch around. The biggest advantage of having several dogs around is the fact that they would play and drain out their energy with each other, but once differences arise then it is double the trouble!

People get several dogs for different reasons. Some would do it for sheer enjoyment and companionship while others would want to have more eyes and ears to watch their places when everyone is out. Regardless of the reason behind, as the owner you should also keep some things in mind.

Multiple dogs would mean lots of training since you have to train them individually. It is a known fact that one can’t teach a dog effectively when they are with a group. Different dogs have different temperaments thus you also have to be flexible with your approach of training them. But if you have the spare cash to burn, then you can always take them to the training school to take the pressure off yourself.

Also know that being in a pack is already instilled in every dog’s genes. A long time ago, all of the dogs’ forefathers all lived in harmony together in the wild and looking out for each other. So, if you are planning to build a pack, choose breeds that have strong genes for pack harmony such as Beagles, Labradors, Coonhounds, Bassets, Golden Retrievers and avoid the fighting and ever so aggressive breeds like the Pit Bulls, Australian Kelpies and the likes. Such breeds can’t survive living in a group inside a home harmoniously, but if you have skills like Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, then maybe, just maybe, you can make it work out.

 

Multi Dog Household

Think twice. Think over and over again before you go get a second, third or fourth dog. Bear in mind that every extra dog you take means extra effort and time from you, not to mention the costs. And if one dog would misbehave chances are the others would jump in and would cause chaos. Be considering on the needs of your existing pet, if he is already a senior try getting a not so rough puppy for him to socialize with.

Introduce. Let the dogs involved meet before you bring home the new addition to the family. It is the time where you can evaluate if the chosen dog is good to bring home or not basing on the resident dogs’ reactions.

Expectation. It is good that you will know what to expect during the first encounter. Let them go and explore each other on dog terms while you keep a watchful eye on their every move.

Be the Alpha. Maintain your position as the alpha or the pack and make sure that you wouldn’t be overthrown by the other dogs on that position. Being the alpha would mean that they would respect and follow your every command.

Feeding time. Make sure each dog have a separate bowl and are eating far away from each other to prevent any form of aggression.

Be fair. Giving them your affection evenly is ideal because if they would notice that you are in favor of one dog then this would be the start of a bad relationship thus fighting the one you favored with.

Sleeping area. See to it that each dog has his own sleeping area and bed. Let them know which bed belongs to who and that they must remain there during nap times. You can also let them choose their own sleep quarters and place his bed there not unless you don’t find it suitable. Don’t be surprised if all dogs would prefer to sleep in close proximity with the other. Just make sure that they have enough space and bedding.

Living in a multi dog household can be so much fun. However it is really a big responsibility  There are days that goes by without a hitch while others are so challenging. Every day is a day for you to learn is such a household and the dynamics would actually depend on the individuals involved in the pack. Choose wisely on who to add to your home and you can always call for professional help if things really get out of hand.

Do you happen to have several dogs living with you? How do you keep the harmony at home? Don’t hesitate to share with us your input and tips so that we all can learn from you.

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How to Introduce your Dog to your Baby – Helping your Pekingese Understand

How to Introduce your Dog to your Baby – Helping your Pekingese Understand

Having a baby? Congratulations! A baby is a blessing and it is a very exiting time for everyone. The changes in your lives would be many to mention especially if it is your firsts born. But have you considered, how to introduce your dog to your baby? Your dog can be more of stressful than feeling excited. Fortunately, there are various things you can do in order to help him with his transition. If it happens that you have a dog to fill the role of a kid, and you are expecting your very first human baby, then you have to work on this issue as soon as possible! The moment you find out that your are already pregnant, you have to work it! The sooner you work on it, the better.

Know that dogs are very in tune with its owner, thus with an event as big as a pregnancy, your beloved pet will surely sense something is up. And since he already picked up that there is something going on, it doesn’t mean that he understands them.

How to Introduce your Dog to your Baby

Baby on board? Congratulations! With a new bundle of joy on the way, the “to do’s” might seem endless, but if you’ve already got a four-legged “baby” at home, preparing for the transition is an important item to add to the list. Dogs and cats are particularly sensitive to any changes in routine and surroundings, including sights and smells, so you’ll need to plan accordingly. Know what to expect from your pet when you’re expecting – check out our tips before the big day arrives, and make sure keep your household remains a happy one!

Source: Animal Planet, http://animal.discovery.com/guides/family/pet-baby.html

Introducing your Dog to the Family

  • Leadership. Focus on leadership and re-iterate that you are the pack leader. Nine months is more than enough ample time to work with your dog’s attitude. Get professional help as needed to work with you side by side. You will be happy to see a well-behaved dog when your new baby comes out.
  • Watch your energy. An upcoming baby affects the entire family. If you would feel anxious, happy or worried your pet would mirror your emotions.
  • Claim the scent of your baby. Bring items that belongs to your baby, like a burp cloth or clothings from the hospital at home for your pet to smell. Let your dog sniff the item so that he would get the message that it belongs to you and that he needs to follow your rules when he is around it. This exercise would begin the process of creating respect towards your baby.
  • Establish boundaries. This is true especially when it comes to the nursery. Begin an off-limits rule to the nursery at first until your pet would understand that he can only enter the place if he has your permission. In time, let him explore the room and sniff the items inside it while you are around.
  • Introduction. Take control the introduction between your pet and your baby. Commence it by having a long walk with your pet in order to drain all of his energy. When entering the house, he would immediately know that a new scent has arrived, and both parents must be in a calm-assertive state while holding the baby. Allow your pet to sniff the baby during the first meeting but in a respectful distance, not too close. In time you can let him get closer and closer.
  • Teach your kid. When your baby becomes a toddler and is in the explanatory state, teach her not to bother your pet. Supervise her during her interaction times with your pet. Mutual respect should be taught to your child at an early age.
  • Love your dog more. Do not ever forget your pet just because you already have a child. He doesn’t need all those toys, clothes or other special treatment in order to feel important. Simply maintain your routine with him, such as his walks, bathe time or play time. This would help him feel secured and wouldn’t feel sad about the family’s new addition.

Do not ever assume that your pet wouldn’t pose any behavioral issues basing on his breed alone. It takes a lot of effort in order to maintain a happy home so you better exert some in terms of how to introduce your dog to your baby. Sure, you read news that babies had been bitten bu pit bulls and rotts, but there are also instances that they were also injured by labradors, chows and other mixed-breeds. Your child’s safety comes first in this issue so think a lot on what you should do.

Be honest with yourself, can you really handle your dog 100%?  Tell us your story, we may be able to help you out.

 

 

 

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Introducing a Second Dog into Your Home – Making your Pekingese Dog-Friendly

Introducing a Second Dog into Your Home – Making your Pekingese Dog-Friendly

One of the most difficult issues of being a pet owner is introducing a second dog into your home, may it be a puppy or not. A pooch who has been with you and your family for a long time for himself may not be that welcoming towards another dog into his turf and may not like the idea of sharing his pack. The very first meeting of the two dogs is the most crucial part, so as the owner you must study and research well to improve your chances of success.

On the other hand, dogs are social animals and would prefer the company of other dogs if done right. With proper planning, introductions, preparations and choosing the most suitable dog then introducing a second dog at home can be possible without any negative incident. Don’t be too surprised to see your senior dog acting like a puppy again when he sees a new pup in the house, it would be like a second childhood for him. But like I said earlier, introductions must be done correctly.

Introducing a Second Dog into Your Home

Introducing a second dog to your home requires a lot of thought. It means a complete change in your “normal” family routine. It matters not whether the new dog is a puppy or an adult.

There are many things to consider before you bring the new pet home.

It isn’t just a matter of bringing the new dog home and you all will live happily ever after (though that can be a remote possibility.)

Source: Cats and Dogs on the Web, http://www.cats-and-dogs-on-the-web.com/second-dog.html

Guidelines to Follow

  • Consider your dog first. The idea of getting a new addition to the family may be wonderful for you and the kids but it is your dog who you should consider first. How does he think about it? If you notice that he barks at every dog that passes by your place, you can consider that as them guarding your place. However, if he is still agressive towards other dogs outside, like the park, street, or even at the vet clinic then you may want to think twice about the idea.
  • Choose the Correct Dog. Generally, a mix of a male and female is ideal compared to getting 1 females or 2 males. Also, it was noted that dogs of different ages seem to be more happier with the company. They must also be of almost same size so that there would be a minimal chance of the tiny dog being bullied.
  • The Introduction. Upon first encounter, the two of them must be on strict supervision – either on leash or with a partition between them like a fence. Do not in any way do the introductions alone, ask for assitance from a capable person. If the two dogs are on the leash, avoid frontal meeting, begin by walking them side by side. If they are on a fenced yard and seem to be getting along just fine, then allow them to romp together on a leash.
  • Preparing the home. Once they get used to each other, and such time that you are comfortable with your second dog’s temperament  then it is time to bring him home. See to it that both dogs are separated during meal times, this is where baby-gates work wonders. Buy new set of toys, bedding, food bowl, leash and crate so that your older dog won’t have to share what he has already.
  • Homecoming. Upon entering the home, do not give in to the temptation of letting them run around the place unsupervised. Guide the new dog around the house and correct him for any behavior that you don’t agree with. Show him the yard and his potty area and of course, the place where he would be sleeping.
  • Monitor them. It varies from days, weeks to months before they completely get used to each other. Not unless you are so sure that there won’t be any trouble, keep them separated when you are not around to watch over them. In any case, never leave the two dogs alone together in one room.

Us humans all have friends with the same things that we are into and no matter how loyal and how much our dogs love us and vice versa, there are still things that they enjoy doing only with other dogs. If done right, introducing a second dog into your home can enrich their lives as well as yours.

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Introducing New Puppy to an Older Dog – Avoid Tragedy Happening to your Pekingese

Before you quickly bring a new pup at home, be sure you make plans for introducing new puppy to an older dog who is already staying at your house. In general, adult dogs often welcome a new puppy however it is also essential that you are able to select the compatible pet matches. Other pups needs quarantine first before meeting the rest of the family. Always bear in mind that your older dog will naturally protect his territory. And your new puppy may feel uncomfortable and clueless about his new environment and may end up challenging the older dogs which would make them mad. Proper introductions are needed to see to it that both sides would start on the positive note.

The success rate of the introductions between the puppy and older resident would depend on several variables. Firt, your older dog must have a positive history of getting along with other dogs. If you notice that your dog had fights with other dogs, or that he would become aggressive towards others then you would certainly have a hard time introducing a new pup at home. But if you see him playing well with other dogs in the community or that he is just laid-back while others are loitering around then chances are he would readily accept the new addition to the family.

Introducing New Puppy to an Older Dog – Avoid Tragedy Happening to your Pekingese

Introducing New Puppy to an Older Dog

The nature of dogs is that they don’t raise puppies when they are advanced in age; just like us, they want to raise their kids when they still have the energy to keep up with them. It’s not that the puppies are “obnoxious” to them – it’s just that they have another state of mind – puppy hood vs. senior hood. In order to be around the older dogs, the puppy has to already have his social skills and his energy drained so they will accept him into the group.

Source: Cesar’s Way, http://www.cesarsway.com/askcesar/new-dog-or-puppy/Introducing-Puppy-to-Older-Dogs by Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer)

How to Introduce a Puppy to the Family

  • Neutral Ground. The first meeting must be done on a neutral ground like a dog park, training center, neighbor’s yard or the likes. That way, your dog won’t feel threatened or over protective over his turf so that he would be open to meeting the new puppy.
  • Sniffing. When your dog show a happy interest during his meeting, let him be. Pick out an open place where they can sniff each other out with reduced tension. Keep their first greeting short, around 10 minutes to keep them tiring. Call them out from each other by giving them each chew toys too make the mood happy.
  • Positive Attitude. Keep an eye out for a positive doggy body language. A classic positive invitation is the game “play bow” where his tail end goes up and front end goes down. If you see him yawning, it means ‘I’m not a threat’ and this is a very positive sign from the dogs. Just keep an eye out for signs so that you can prevent any aggression from occurring.
  • Parallel Walking. Take a friend with you and take both dogs for a walk and keep both leashes loose to encourage socialization.
  • Home Court Meeting. If they have met several times outside, you can now try to re-introduce the pup in your front/backyard. Put a fence in between them first for safety measures. Always remember that if you own multiple dogs already, the new pup should meet one dog at a time.

Introducing new puppy to an older dog need not to be a failure nor a tragedy.  I personally know a sad story about this one and because of negligence, everything went bad and unfortunately the new puppy died. You wouldn’t want this to happen to you, right? Being a responsible owner plays a big part in the success of the introduction of the new puppy. Be cautious and extra vigilant of your dog’s body language to prevent any mishap.

Do you know any story related to this one? Feel free to share it with us any time, may it be positive or negative so that we can all learn something from it.

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